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Les Paul was a musician who designed a solid-body guitar in 1941, which then was a new type of instrument.
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His breakthrough came in 1948 with a recording of the song "Lover," which utilized a variety of tracks. It wasn't long before Paul was creating 24-track recordings and producing hits like "How High the Moon" and "The World Is Waiting for Sunrise."
After divorcing his first wife, Virginia Webb, Paul met the former Colleen Summers, a singer who'd toured with Gene Autry's band. Paul changed her name to Mary Ford and began recording with her. They married in 1949, and for much of the 1950s the two had their own television show, "Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home."
In addition the couple had more than three dozen hits together, all of them utilizing the recording techniques Paul had created in his studio.
In his later years, Paul's standing and legend in the music industry only increased. His final recorded album, "American Made, World Played," debuted in 2005 and featured, among others, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Sting and Eric Clapton. The record also netted Paul two Grammy Awards.
Paul died from complications associated with pneumonia on August 13, 2009.
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